‘Animals’

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A Buddy for Sunfish

June 19, 2015 4:00 pm

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What’s the opposite of a sunfish and does it really exist? Read on to find out, and do the underwater math on these odd fish!

A Champion Cheetah

June 6, 2015 4:00 pm

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Think jumping over hurdles is a piece of cake? You’d be surprised by all the on-the-spot math the brain does to get you over that log without landing on your face. Read on to see how a cheetah robot built at MIT does the math to jump over higher and higher hurdles!

Big Fans of Feathers

December 30, 2014 4:00 pm

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One of the coolest things about birds is their feathers. Feathers help birds fly, they keep the bird warm, and in some cases they just look awesome – with peacocks wearing the best feathers of all. And with feet of colorful tail feathers, they sure have reason to strut! Read on to do the math on peacocks and their fancy feathers.

Grow Those Antlers!

December 24, 2014 4:00 pm

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At this time of year we see a lot of pictures of reindeer, often pulling a sled carrying a big fat guy wearing a red suit. Very often those deer have antlers. It turns out that antlers are the fastest-growing bone of any mammal, growing up to 1 inch per day. And with all Spring and Summer to grow, those antlers can get really big! Read on to do the antler math.

The Most Beautiful Worm

December 20, 2014 4:00 pm

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When you look at the flowery blue thing in the photo, what do you guess that it is? Would you believe that it’s not a plant, but an animal — and worse yet, a worm? Read on to learn about the “Christmas tree worm” and do the math!

Following Your Favorite Shark

December 19, 2014 4:00 pm

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When you watch squirrels or chipmunks run around your neighborhood, do you ever wonder exactly where they go? How about sharks? They can swim hundreds of miles a day, so it could be hard to follow them. But scientists have been following one shark, named Lydia, using a satellite tracker they put on her. Read on to do the math on the miles Lydia has swum!

Big Bunny

December 17, 2014 4:00 pm

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We usually think of rabbits as small, cute, furry pets. But they can grow big, and the world record-breaking big bunny is one giant bundle of fluff. Read on to do the math on Ralph, the rabbit with this record, and find out just how big he is!

Cash for Kitty

November 26, 2014 4:00 pm

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As America heads into Thanksgiving, it’s a great time to be thankful, and to notice the people around us doing good things. And some of those things are pretty surprising, like what Rick Snyder does for the stray cats in his neighborhood. It just goes to show that 1 person can make a big change!

Recycling for Fido and Fluffy

October 25, 2014 3:00 pm

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Whenever you “recycle” a plastic water bottle instead of throwing it out, you’re helping our planet by letting that plastic be re-used, so we don’t have to make it from scratch again. But it gets even better than that in Istanbul, Turkey, where one company has created a way to help the environment and stray cats and dogs in the city.

Licking Your Own Eyeball

October 20, 2014 4:00 pm

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Of all the animals who blend into what’s around them using shape and color, the leaf-tailed gecko might be one of the coolest. It lives on the island of Madagascar, and looks just like the way it sounds: with a tail that looks like a leaf. And that’s not the only cool thing about it.